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“I am a cheerleader, and here’s why I take a knee”: A response from the James Logan football team

By Joshua Vasquez, Courier Sports Editor

Recently, NPR published an article on a fellow student, Sasha Armbrester. To the surprise of many, conservative news outlets Breitbart and The Daily Caller reprinted the article to a national audience, creating quite a stir of emotions.

The article itself spoke mostly in relation to the perceived racial injustices Armbrester felt weighing upon herself and our country. It also addressed the actions of sports athletes such as Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players: simply taking a knee.

It seemed that Armbrester felt agitated by the recurring events and decided to spread the national headline even more by taking a knee alongside fellow cheerleaders during James Logan’s Friday night Football games.

Armbrester wrote, “When Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee, a lot of people thought he was being unpatriotic. But for me and the other black cheerleaders on my team, we were inspired. We saw an opportunity to call attention to racial injustice. So we began taking a knee too.”

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Logan’s Band and Color Guard take home first place in WBA Championships

By Sheris Mendiola and Catherine Nguyen, Courier Staff Writers

On November 18th and 19th 2017, the JLHS Band and Color guard won first place in prelims and finals in the Western Band Association championships.

After competing against bands both within Northern California and out-of-state, these students felt that winning the WBA championships was an amazing achievement because they stood out in “the most important and vital show out of the entire season,” said freshman color guard sabre, Jenelle Juco.

Band and Color Guard train hard around the clock, with weekday practices lasting 3 hours and weekend practices lasting 8 hours. “All the dedication and hard work we spend in practice definitely pays off at the end of the season,” said junior Nyah Belle Martinez.

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The death of the free internet?

By Horace Assar and Princess Ganutan, Courier Staff Writers

If you’re a regular internet user (just about everyone), your future may be drastically different in just a few days. On December 14, the FCC will likely repeal the Net Neutrality laws that have ensured equal internet access for years.

Net Neutrality, simply put, allows everyone–regardless of income–to have the same web speeds on the same websites. Under these laws, telecom providers like AT&T and Comcast are prohibited from giving priority access (speeding up, slowing down, or blocking certain sites) to certain users who pay more.

The FCC regulates all our country’s telecommunications, including internet access and wireless spectrum. This government agency’s Net Neutrality policies have been on the edge ever since 2010, when a federal court struck down its open order that would have prohibited telecom companies from blocking internet traffic and designating users to slow/fast lanes.

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Movie Review: Coco

By Alyssa Tornel and Roxanne Ramos, Courier Staff Writers 

Disney’s Coco is one of those can’t-miss movies of the year, with the potential to bring lots of laughs and be relatable to any viewer.

Coco follows the life of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) and his family as they prepare for the annual celebration of the Day of the Dead. Everyone in Miguel’s family is a shoemaker, but Miguel feels that he is destined for more.

His family has despised music ever since it was banned long ago, but Miguel, of course, loves music. When Miguel discovers a clue about his family’s past, he immediately aspires to go back in time to clarify the reason behind his family’s stigma. Magically traveling to the Land of the Dead, Miguel runs into his long-dead relatives, from which he must receive their blessing in order to travel back to the present.

When Miguel realizes he can’t agree with the rules that comes with the blessing, he goes to find his great-great-grandfather–the reason behind the hate of music in their family. Miguel then teams up with Hector, Gael García Bernal, who aid him in an ultimate quest for the truth.

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Concert Review: Niall Horan’s “Flicker Sessions”

By Stacy Park, Courier Staff Writer

On November 22, I attended to Niall Horan’s “Flicker Sessions” concert at the SAP Center in San Jose.

The opening act starred Gavin James, who stunned the audience with his trademark voice and talent. Once he’d finished performing, the crowd erupted into a cheer as Niall Horan, the star of the show, strode down the hall with his brown guitar.

Thousands of excited fans flocked to the front to see the star of the show. With the adrenaline palpable and everyone constantly pushing around, Horan waved to the sea of people and flashed his signature smile.

As Horan walked towards the center of the platform, he pulled his guitar towards his chest and inhaled. The room grew quiet with respect, ready for the spectacle that awaited. Horan’s voice was the only thing to be heard throughout the arena, blending in perfect syncopation with his guitar.

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Food Review: Blackball Desserts

By Kelly Lan, Courier Staff Writer

The newest boba place in Union City, Blackball Desserts, opened up near Logan during the summer, and I was eager to try it out.

On a school minimum day, my friend and I arrived at Blackball around 3:30 pm to find the place understandably empty. From what we saw, there was one person working at the front making drinks, while another was at the back making desserts.

Unlike the usual boba shops, Blackball lacks a large, visible menu. Mounted on the walls instead are TV screens which feature a few of the most popular drinks. Handheld copies of the menu are available for customers to take to their tables.

On one side of the menus are drinks and on the other side are hot and cold desserts–perfect for any weather. While the prices are in line with most other boba shops, the menus lacked descriptions of the items.

As it was our first time there, my friend and I were quite indecisive. Nevertheless, the cashier was very patient, answering all our questions and taking the time to explain the differences between certain snacks and drinks.

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Game of the Year: Logan crushes rival Moreau 41-2; clinches NCS playoff berth

By Joshua Vasquez, Courier Sports Editor

Tensions flew high this past Friday night, as the James Logan Colts and Moreau Catholic Mariners finally faced off against one another in a match long hyped as the game of the year.

Given Logan’s and Moreau’s recent history over the past few seasons, which includes hard-fought rivalries across the entire sports spectrum, this game meant the whole season for the Colts as they needed a final win to qualify for the NCS Division l playoffs.

Pre-game antics arose with a handful of friendly “trash talk” between the cross-town rivals, as some players faced off against former teammates and even family members. Both sides had equally respected on-field talents, with a pair of standout DBs and LBs going head-to-head for the “Unofficial MVAL Championship.”

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ACT advice from a perfect scorer

By Bryce Liao, Courier Editor-in-Chief

With the difficulty of the newly redesigned SAT’s reading/writing section, more and more students are opting to take the ACT. As the dominant test, the ACT had over 2.1 million test takers in 2016 compared to the SAT’s 1.7 million.

This September, I took the ACT and received a perfect score of 36. In this article, I’ll cover some study methods and advice you can use to score highly as well.

General advice: as cliche as it may sound, practice makes perfect. It is crucial that you take your practice tests exactly as you would the real exam–limit your breaks to 5 minutes, don’t give yourself extra time on each section, and so on. Once you’ve finished the test, reviewing mistakes requires two things: knowing why your answer is wrong, and why the correct answer is right. Finally, documenting and categorizing your history of mistakes allows you to pinpoint your weaknesses, spend less time on your strengths, and ultimately maximize your studying time.

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Bruno Mars lights up Oracle Arena

By Catherine Nguyen & Sheris Mendiola, Courier Staff Writers

On November 3rd, I attended Bruno Mars’ concert at Oracle Arena and experienced an amazing performance up close.

With his witty and humorous acts in between songs, Mars truly connected the audience together. His excited fans were grooving to the music and living in the moment together.

The opening act starred Jorja Smith, whose music complements Mars’ funky and fresh tunes with a more laid back chill. Despite her visual performance lacking the usual choreography and props, Smith’s music was both inspirational and moving.

About twenty minutes later, once Bruno Mars appeared on stage, a wave of cheers and clamors swept across the audience. Working in perfect sync with his band, his electrifying visuals really upped the vibe in the arena. Mars and his dancers’ signature style, combined with the piercing lights and roaring flames, left the audience wholly exhilarated.

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City Hall Targeted by Bomb Threat

By Horace Assar, Princess Ganutan, Demisha Simmons-Price, and Arjot Pabla, Courier Staff Writers

Around 11:40 am yesterday, 37 year old Eleno Sinay, a Hayward resident, was reported to allegedly have brought a bomb into City Hall.

 

Union City police evacuated the city hall and police department, which share the same building, before they brought in the bomb squad to investigate. Almost two-hundred people were evacuated from the building.

 

UCPD declared the scene all clear once the bomb squads checked Sinay’s bag and confirmed it did not contain any explosive devices.

 

Sgt. Steve Mendez told the courier, “He got upset for some reason and then made mention that he had a possible bomb. Since the Police Department’s downstairs, we went up and detained him immediately.”

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